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The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.

South Africa Cities Research Chairs 2018

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). SARChI is a strategic intervention of the South African government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities and is aimed at...

NRF/NCBR Joint Science & Technology Research Collaboration 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) of Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 December 2014. The principle objective of the cooperation between the Parties is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by...

Community Engagement Programme 2019

The Community Engagement Funding Instrument is a competitive funding instrument, which provides the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement (here community is defined in its broadest sense); as well as research on the processes and dynamics of...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects

The primary focus of the Programme is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy. The main approach is to fund large, collaborative /...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants 2018

The primary focus of the Programme is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy. The priority knowledge needs relate to species occurrence,...

SA/France PROTEA Call for Proposals 2019

The South Africa/ France PROTEA Programme is a bilateral incentive Programme dedicated to strengthening the South Africa/French collaborative research. It is co-funded by both the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research from the French side, and the National Research...

NRF/NSF International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

he National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers an...

Funding Opportunity Announcement - NRF/DFG Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)

The NRF has entered into a new partnership agreement with the DFG of Germany to jointly fund International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) between the two countries. IRTGs are structured Doctoral Programmes aimed at training scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on...

Call for Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry Astronomy Proposals

The Newton Fund is an initiative to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. The Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on...

Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument 2015

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities.

Rating Application 2015

Call for Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2015

SANCOR International Travel Student Award Call 2015

The SANCOR International Travel Student Award has been instituted to promote and develop capacity building in science in the marine and coastal environment. It is presented annually to a Ph.D. student in recognition of their work accomplished thus far. The SANCOR Travel Grant offers up and coming young marine...

Call for Applications to Complete Part-time Doctoral Studies for 2015

NRF is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Study Support for Completing Part-Time Doctoral Students. The funding programme aims to provide funding to part-time registered doctoral students in order to enable them to complete doctoral studies and thereby increase graduation and throughput rates.

South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2015

SANCOR promotes the development of emerging scientists by offering postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research in the marine and coastal environment. The objectives of the fellowship programme are to encourage and develop young researchers and offer them the opportunity to further their careers by gaining...

Japan International Cooperation Agency Call

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) would like to bring to your attention a Call for Applications under the African Business Education "ABE" Initiative which was launched in 2013 as part of the Japanese government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to South Africa. The ABE Initiative offers an...

Research Career Advancement Fellowship Call for 2015

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce the Research Career Advancement Fellowship Call for 2015

DST-NRF Professional Development Programme Call for 2015

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce the DST-NRF Professional Development Programme (PDP) Call for 2015.

South Africa/Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Joint Project Proposals 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) entered into a MoU in 2005 as implementers following a 2003 Agreement on cooperation in science and technology between South Africa and Japan. The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led to annual cycles of joint research...

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South Africa Cities Research Chairs 2018

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). SARChI is a strategic intervention of the South African government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities and is aimed at...

NRF/NCBR Joint Science & Technology Research Collaboration 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) of Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 December 2014. The principle objective of the cooperation between the Parties is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by...

Community Engagement Programme 2019

The Community Engagement Funding Instrument is a competitive funding instrument, which provides the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement (here community is defined in its broadest sense); as well as research on the processes and dynamics of...

Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) Collaboration 2018

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the Russian Federation (RF) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that led to South Africa becoming an Associate Member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The JINR is an independent, multinational research agency located in Dubna, the Russian Federation...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) 2019

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has been a cross cutting theme of the 10 Year Plan of the Department of Science and Technology’s 10-Year Innovation Plan. Reaffirming its commitment to mainstream IKS in South Africa, the South African government envisages IKS as contributing towards sustainable economic development...

Support for Unrated and Rated Researchers 2019

The Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences. The Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) is a highly competitive...

Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument 2019

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities. The Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument is theme driven and will support new or existing research initiatives.

Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers 2019

The Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers is a ring-fenced, once-off grants and competitive discipline-based funding instrument aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the NRF to drive our transformation consistently and strategically through supporting primarily basic research as the foundation of...

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